This rather ornate building was called the Civic Hall when I lived in Stretford and I understand it is now called Stretford Public Hall - I guess the local politicians thought the world civic too upmarket.
It was called the Town Hall but was never actually used for that. Built in 1878 by John Rylands it was bought after his death by the Council for £5000 and used for educational purposes.
I have observed this Christmas and New Year two changes in the lives of folk in downtown Heywood.
Caused by some extent to the economic downturn no doubt.
Firstly the reduced number of Christmas lights adorning houses - neighbours no longer seem to try and outdo one another with the number of flashing jolly elves and reindeer in their gardens. Perhaps the bad weather has had something to do with this or perhaps like me everyone is getting older and can not be bothered due to the physical effort involved.
New Year is usually a very noisy time with a deluge of noisy fireworks - but this year very quiet ... it seems that the in thing is to set off Chinese lanterns. I was not aware that this was the latest craze. Perhaps they are cheaper than fireworks !!